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services for many presidents including barack obama. and today, the washington national cathedral is entering the history books once again. effective immediately and for the first time ever gay and lesbian couples can celebrate the right of marriage at its altar. joining me now to talk about his historic decision is dean of the washington national cathedral the reverend gary hall. reverend hall, it's great to have you here, the national cathedral, certainly a landmark that we all know and love in this country. as americans this is an active house of wore chip is in the e episcop episcopal church. >> thomas, thank you. it's very much a confluence of a couple of trend it's. one is the episcopal church in 2012 approved a right, a ritual for the blessing of same-sex relationships with the understanding that in areas where marriage is legal for same-sex couples, that that right 0 could be adapted by the local diocese. and in the diocese of washington which includes the district of columbia and now parts of maryland, it's legal everywhere, same-sex marriage is legal everywhere in the
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of the year. at issue will be central to talks between leader and president obama later this week. chief washington correspondent james rosen tonight with a story of a complex relationship. >> it's a classic alliance. messy, fraction. deeply unsatisfactory to washington and worlds better than the alternative. wracked by decades of war and foreign invasion, afghanistan was suffering under the barbaric rule of the taliban until the u.s. -led invasion of 2001. >> we are committed to doing everything we can to assist you in this time of transition to new afghanistan and afghanistan where people will be able to live in peace. >> it's now a democratic country with an elected government, with human rights for all. >> hamid karzai made his first visit to washington 11 years ago this month. >> how do you expect american forces to stay in afghanistan? >> as long as we are still have terrorist items. and as long as the bad guys are there. americans go out, unless we finish the job. >> how many american troops will remain after the u.s. combat mission ends next year is now being decided. karzai may
are like in washington with a preview. >> good morning, the obama administration does not want did lose momentum for new gun legislation. they think now is the time to act so the vice president is meeting with all the stakeholders at the white house this week. >> the white house is speeding up efforts to roach a consensus on new gun legislation. a task force on gun violence headed by vice president biden will meet this week with people on both sides of the gun debate, victims groups and gun safety organizations today and the national rifle association and gun owner groups on thursday. >> it is not a problem that can be solved by any specific action. it is a problem that encompasses issues of mental health, education, as well as access to guns. >> with the anniversary of the elementary school shooting fast approaching, washington, dc, is facing pressure to take action. former congresswoman gabrielle giffords is taking a prominent role in the debate. she and her husband have launched an effort to push congressional action on questions of mental health, high capacity gun magazines, and bac
. >> we love you, chuck. i'm sorry for him. >>> with afghanistan's president heading into washington to meet with president obama, a debate emerges about how long u.s. troops will be there. a central issue that will face the president. picks to run the pentagon and the cia. that's if they make it through the senate gauntlet. >>> this morning we'll meet one of the faces of the gop. freshman congressman tom cotton of arkansas. got a big crowd of conservatives. grinning from ear to ear already about his future in his party. >>> and richard nixon would have turned 100 years old today if he were still alive. find out how his legacy is still trying to get shaped by his supporters and why he might be the most consequential american politician in the last half century. good morning from washington. it's wednesday, january 9th, 2013. this is the daily rundown. i'm chuck todd. right to my first reads of the morning. the end of the month deadline provides president biden's task force on gun violence to present its proposals is quickly approaching. today biden, cabinet members and senior staff k
here. jim acosta tonight is keeping 'em honest. >> when president obama signed national health care reform into law, few in washington knew that buried in the legislation's more than 900 pages was a gift to the nation's powerful gun lobby. but here it is. a provision entitled "protection of second amendment rights." it states the government and health insurers cannot collect any information relating to the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition. the provision was such a secret, "the washington post" reports that some people in the white house didn't even know it existed, despite being in the president's signature legislation. joan alger did notice it. >> who put it in there? it might surprise you to learn it was this man, the most powerful democrat in congress, senate majority leader, harry reid. but why? a democratic source close to the passage of the health care law tells cnn, this is what was viewed as a relatively benign way to make sure the national rifle association didn't get involved with this. reid has been a top advocate of gun rights for years. in fact,
and his team. now, these breaking developments come to us just days following a washington post report indicating that president obama is considering banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, but that's not all, not even close. the paper also revealed that universal background checks for all gun buyers, a national gun data base, strict mental health checks and much more are all being floated by this task force. as for the n.r.a., in the aftermath of the sandy hook tragedy, the organization recommended placing armed security guards in our schools. and earlier today, the white house reiterated president obama's skepticism of that idea. watch this. >> if the president said he doesn't want to pre-judge any recommendations that any stake holder might present, he did in his meet the press interview respond to a question about the specific recommendation that the n.r.a. had made and by saying that he was skeptical, that putting more guns in schools would solve this problem. but again, we look forward to hearing from a variety of organizations and civic groups and others who have in
traveling press secretary for the obama campaign jen psaki, and the effortlessly elegant msnbc contributor jonathan capehart of "the washington post." at a time of great fiscal uncertainty and belt tightening, president obama is poised to nominate as the next treasury secretary a man who brings his lunch to work every day, a cheese sandwich and apple to be precise, president obama will reportedly tap jack lew tomorrow to replace timothy geithner. lew would take over on the eve of another debt ceiling battle. in round one during the summer of 2011, boehner's top staffer called lew's debt ceiling negotiations disrespectful and dismissive. according to david plouffe, that is because jack knows the numbers and republicans couldn't pull a fast one. two names are being floated to replace lew, dennis mcdonagh, currently his deputy national security adviser and ron klain. but the latest cabinet nomination is, surprise, creating consternation among who else, congressional republicans. after calling chuck hagen an in-your-face nomination outside of the mainstream, the pugnacious gop has already made
. chess ♪ lou: the obama administration push for more gun control intensifying. the washington post reports the administration looking to go well beyond the simple reinstatement of the inspired ban on assault weapons and i capacity ammunition. vice-president biden task force apparently considering measures that would require universal background checks for all firearms buyers. the national database that would track the sale and movement of weapons, strengthening mental health checks, stiffer penalties for carrying guns near schools. to mark the vice-president said to me with gun safety group's commander jim and executives, victims of gun violence. there's a the vice-president turns to me with the national rifle association. joining us now, fox news legal analyst and republican strategist, columnist for the hill, democratic strategist. thank you all for being year. comprehensive means all the guns. is that your interpretation? >> i think that for political purposes they want people to think that they can and will, and that think it is wrong, not realistic. a particularly have a probl
perez has come from washington, dc, to give welcoming remarks here at this summit. tom perez is the assistant attorney general of the civil rights division in washington, dc, he was nominated for that position by president obama and sworn in in october of 2009 and we are all the lucky -- we are all very lucky that that happened in october of 2009. tom has spent his entire career in public service and on protecting the civil rights of our most vulnerable people. tom actually joined the civil rights division as a young lawyer and while he was there he prosecuted some of the most significant cases in the country. lawyers in the civil rights division get fanned out to places in the country to handle cases in mississippi and alabama and california and all over and tom was one of those people. he was sent to texas to handle a very significant hate crime case when he was a young lawyer that involved a gang of white supremacists that went on a killing spree and ended up shooting 3 people and killing one when he was a young lawyer working in the civil rights division. he later se
for watching. chris matthews and "hardball" is next. >>> out of the way. obama's coming. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. i think we're looking at a new barack obama. you know the expression let reagan be reagan. i think we're seeing barack obama be barack obama. an in your face challenge to the right wing. he's putting in a guy who knows the lessons of vietnam and iraq and putting him out front, making him his point man as he goes into the war of hawkish republicans who count the months between wars as an unwanted time-out. who like nothing more than the next war to fight. meet barack obama two. he's going to run the way he believes to do it. i like it. i think there's one guy out there by the way ironically rooting for obama. it's the guy who got used by the hawks, saw his place ruined by their lies. his name is george w. bush. and he's sitting down there in texas watching the same old predictable crowd of war hawks trying good their number one more time. only this time there's someone in the white house wise to t
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from washington. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, sunny and rob. the obama administration does not want to lose momentum for new gun legislation. they think now is the moment to act. so, the vice president is bringing together all of the stake holders this week at the white house. the white house is speeding up efforts to reach a consensus on new gun legislation. a task force on gun violence, headed by vice president biden, will meet with victim groups and gun control advocates today. and gun owners groups on thursday. >> it's not a problem that can be solved by any specific action. it encompasses mental health, education, as well as access to guns. >> reporter: with the one-month anniversary of the shooting at newtown, connecticut, approaching, washington is pressured to take immediate action. gabby giffords who was injured by a gunman two years ago, is taking a prominent role in the gun debate. giffords and her husband have pushed for congressional action, on mental health, high-capacity gun magazines and background checks to purchase a gun. >> i bought a
. that is live at 10:00 eastern. afghan president hamid karzai will be in washington this week and will meet with president obama on friday. this morning on c-span 2, a conversation on the future of the afghanistan and live coverage begins at 10:00 eastern on the atlantic council. on c-span 3, a discussion of u.s.-mexico relations. coming up in 45 minutes, adam green of the progressive change campaign will talk about the new congress and the president's agenda and at 8:30 eastern,
safety organizations. we are live in washington, dc, with the latest. >> good morning, kristen. the obama administration does not want to lose momentum for new gun legislation. they think now is the time to act. the vice president is bringing together all the stakeholders at the white house this week. >> the white house is speeding up efforts for a consensus on new gun legislation. a task force on gun violence headed by vice president biden meets this week with people on both sides of the gun debate: victims groups and gun safety organizations today and the national rifle association and gun owner groups on thursday. >> it is not a problem that can be solved by any specific action but includes mental health issues, education, as well as access to guns. >> with the one month anniversary of the sandy hook elementary school approaching washington is facing pressure to take meanful action. former congressman gabrielle giffords who was badly injured two years ago is taking a prominent roam. she and her husband have launched an effort to push action on questions of mental health, high capacity
. ♪ >>> energized by his re-election and that fiscal cliff deal, president obama is now taking ogg on two of washington's most powerful special interest groups. pro-gun and pro-israel lobbies. dominating chuck hagel point to a president unafraid of going head to head with two powerful lobbying groups that have long wheeleded strong influence in washington. i'm joined by national journal political correspondent beth rinehart who writes about the president's busting second term. >> thanks for having me. >> the president is relishing his approval numbers and the fact that he didn't have to run again. he actually talked about the second term on "meet the press." i want to play that. >> one of the nice things about never having another election again. i will never campaign again. is you know, i think you can rest assured that all i care about is making sure i leave behind an america that is stronger, more prosperous, more stable and secure than when i first came into office. >> the first thing, rahm emanuel when chief of staff, had this policy, you don't take on a fight that you don't have a r
pullout. afghan president hamm i had karzai and president obama meet friday in washington. >>> history made this year at the presidential inauguration. richard blanco will serve as the inauguration poet. he is the youngest and first latino. beyonce, kelly clarkson and james taylor will be musical guests. tune in to cnn for special coverage. live on the mall starting at 5:00 a.m. that day. january 22nd may be the day that hillary clinton testifies on the deadly attack in benghazi. she returned to work after being sidelined for weeks by illness. she is open to testify before she leaves her post. >>> hugo chavez' inauguration was scheduled to happen tomorrow, but treatment for cancer and a severe lung infection will keep him in cuba. does the constitutional lou the inauguration to be delayed? who is president in the meantime? an opposition leader is asking the high court if an inauguration later is even possible. >>> we could see all-time baseball greats shut out. barry bonds, roger sosa, and mike piazza and curt schilling on top of the list. "boston globe" dan shaughnessy called the ball
, yesterday boeing shares fell 3.6%. >> sandra endo, thanks so much, reporting live from washington. >>> president obama wants cia veteran john brennan to be the agency's new director, but a new movie could complicate his confirmation. so if ydead battery,t tire, need a tow or lock your keys in the car, geico's emergency roadside assistance is there 24/7. oh dear, i got a flat tire. hmmm. uh... yeah, can you find a take where it's a bit more dramatic on that last line, yeah? yeah i got it right here. someone help me!!! i have a flat tire!!! well it's good... good for me. what do you think? geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance. >>> hollywood often borrows story lines from washington, but the new movie "zero dark thirty" could create political intrigue in the opposite direction. the film paints a pretty intense picture of cia interrogation techniques. and it's in theaters that senators on the real capitol hill compare to weigh the confirmation of john brennan, a cia veteran whom president obama has elected to lead the agency. we have a look at
debate continues to rage in washington and is now reportedly at the top of president obama's priority list. today, vice president biden met with gun control groups and gun violence victims. tomorrow he is going to sit down with the nra. the administration looks to move quickly, even if it means circumventing congress. >> the president is going to act. execbetive action can be taken. we haven't decided what yet but we are compiling it all with help from the attorney gen and the rest of the cabinet members. as well as legislative action, we believe is required. >> dana: so, bob, let me start with you. you have done legislative affairs for a white house. if you are trying to get a big piece of bipartisan legislation passed through congress do you think it's a good idea that you are planning to circumvent them in the end anyway? >> bob: i'm not sure it's the best strategy you can use. but look, some of this has to be done by executive order because you would never get it through congress. the other thing is the public division here. there are those of us who believe that these things, gun
currently has 66,000 troops there. all of this comes with president obama scheduled to meet with hamid karzai friday at the white house. karzai is in washington and will meet with a group of senators including mitch mcconnell. joining us is retired four-star ynl and vote vets.org who served twice in i wack. thank you very much for joining us. general, i will start off with you. many intricate or believe that the president's choice in john kerry and check hagel indicate withdrawing more troops and leaving far fewer in that country and as we move forward with other possible conflicts. >> i hope so. i think both are vietnam vets and wounded in action. they have a very realistic view on the limitations of military power. this is going to be important. president obama is not going to get much out of karzai from a strictly military perspective and maybe 30,000 troops is the right answer for air power and counter terrorism and intelligence support in afghanistan. i don't think that's going to happen. i'm not too sure we are not well-served by going to a near zero option. >> karzai said he wan
of washington, a record crowd descended on the town for president obama's first inauguration in 2009. well, four years later, officials say it won't happen again and that's becoming a problem for d.c. businesses. the inauguration will be held at the capitol and chip reid at the other end of the national mall near the lincoln memorial. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. you can see the capitol behind me as you mentioned. that is a long ways away. that is where the president will take the oath of office. four years ago the crowd stretched all the way from there past the washington monument all the way the entire length of the mall to where i'm standing near the lincoln memorial. this year the crowd's expected to be a fraction of that size. the fairmont hotel in washington, d.c. is offering an inauguration package. it includes your own presidential dog, a chauffeur driven bmw, two body guards and more. >> one unique thing it includes is higgs and her rolex presidential watches. >> reporter: the price, $400,000. it's an example of how d.c. hotels are trying to gin up ex
. >> as we watch, thank you for joining us. president obama will take the oath of office in 12 days and preparations are under way in washington. the stage is being construct and we just learned that beyonce, kelly clark son and james taylor will perform. beyonce will belt out the national anthem and the capital in 2009. the first lady and the facebook friend, nathan paige said congrats to beyonce and the first family. like us on facebook and let us know what you are most excited to see on inauguration day and the presidential inauguration to video games, the president's new gun task force will meet with video game makers this week and new research on how the games actually change your brain. that is straight ahead. >>> violent video games. with names like bullet storm, grand theft auto, mortal combat. splatter house. blood-soaked films out there. american psycho. natural born killers. >> natural born killeries in american psycho? has it been that long? since we had a conversation about gun control? >> all joking aside, violent movies and video games must be a part of the gun violen
. hamid karzai and president obama are scheduled to meet on friday in washington. >>> bob levinson who vanished in the middle east almost seven years ago have received photos of him held captive 18 months ago and released them to turn up the pressure to help find him. he disappeared during a business trip to iran. >>> the media giant facebook has revamped the mobile facebook site. most significant? the new speed the realtime stream of updates now provides the same sorting options as the desk top version. >>> a sacramento, california, woman was surprised to wake up and find a would-be burglar asleep on her couch. >> this is a crazy story. >> she grabbed her trusty machete, called 911 and held the man until police arrived. >> he had all her valuables packed up and ready to go. he decided to take a nap after eating her leftover chinese food. >> that's when i got the mashety, and i said, no, you need to get back, and wait for the cops to get here. i'm not afraid. i know exactly how to use it. >> cornell snapped this picture when deputies slapped the cuffs on 25-year-old christopher weaver.
been a budget person here in washington for the past 30 years. he was budget chief under the clinton white house and obama white house. he has been in all the particular budget fights especially next to president obama with the debt ceiling year-and-a-half ago in most recent recent round. according to folks early in the week telling us at fox we would get announcement by the end of this week that jack lew would likely be the next treasury secretary pick from president obama. we don't have much week left. on friday the president of afghanistan, hamid karzai is expected to be here at the white house. that has us all looking at tomorrow as the official date for this. the reasoning behind that, yes, he has been in on all of the budget fights. he spent all of last few years really of his career in washington, d.c. in the federal government. he spent a few years at citigroup. he was the chief operating officer at the alternative investment unit but has spent the bulk of his time in government. now as for whether or not he will be confirmed by the senate one republican senator says he will
ted nugent. and president obama is considering proposals beyond reinstating a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. according to the washington post, a paper, the task force is looking closely at measures like universal background checks and a national gun database and strengthening mental health checks. meanwhile, piers morgan's show is the home of thoughtful debate on this matter. on monday he invited conspiracy enthusiast alex jones who offered a calm and cogent argument for guns. >> stalin took the guns, mal, took the guns castro took the guns, hugo chavez took the guns. and i am here to tell you 1776 will commence again if you try to take our fire rms a. it doesn't matter how many you get there on the street begging for them to have their guns taken. we will not relinquish them. do you understand? >> i think he speaks for all of us. there is more. >> you are a hatchet man of the new world order. you are a hatchet man. i will say this right here. you think are you a tough guy? have me back with a boxing ring in here and i will wear red, white and blue and you can we
, shep? >> probably not a household name everywhere but well known in washington, jack lew. >> no question about that certainly with those two high profile jobs here at the obama administration over the past four years has been engaged in some tough negotiations with lawmakers on capitol hill. this photo we are showing you is from new year's eve. is he on the right wearing glasses and a blue tie. and bottom line the top republican on the senate budget committee says while he offered this prediction about the confirmation battle. >> it is a bumpy confirmation process. i think the american people need to know that the secretary of treasury will tell them the truth about the financial conditions of this country. will help lay out a plan that can be annualized and studied and will hold up under scrutiny. and they haven't done that from the white house yet. he has been an architect of their failure to lead. >> first the president has it to nominate him. we expect that by the end of the week and then we will get a better sense how the other senators feel about jack lew. >> shepar
is in washington for meetings with president obama. >> involved in people in the audience are involved and we followed up on that work continuously over the last several years. this is the latest installment if you will. we all know that we are at an infection point of afghanistan. a lot of important decisions coming. president karzai is here to meet with president obama. that meeting will take place friday. and shake the contours of that meeting. we have ambassador james dobbins, former ambassador of afghanistan among many others, and we have ambassador riaz mohammed khan of among other posts was a foreign minister and also investor in china. we have ambassador said jawad, ambassador of afghanistan to the united states all of whom have been intimately involved with respect to issues regarding afghanistan, regarding the region. we called the event back to the future. some people have spoken to me before about this and what do we really mean by that. we will let that emerge as the discussion goes on but we know we have a lot of fundamental issues to talk about, certainly military presence has
levinson's wife she wants to make sure that disappearance of her husband is not forgotten. president obama has said he will do everything possible and the former employer f.b.i. is doing all it can. what she wants is washington to put more pressure on the iranians. she says she has no idea where or when these photos were taken or why they were even sent to her. >> i have no idea what purpose they serve which is why we held on to them for so long. i am releasing them now to make sure that people are aware that he still in someone's custody. believe it's the iranians and has not been released. it is almost six years and he is still not home with his family. >> reporter: f.b.i. is offering a million dollar reward for information leading to his safe return. >> shep: other than the fact that she disappeared while on iranian island why do they suspect the jeirn government? >> whoever mailed the pictures of levinson was professional. he didn't leave any type of trail. they traced it to a cellphone in afghanistan but discovered the phone's owner didn't have anything to do with the pictures. invest
in chuck hagel's corner. the defense minister applauding president obama's pick for the defense chief, saying we hope there will be practical changes in america's foreign policy and washington becomes respectful of the rights of nations. hagel's comments about iran have become lightning rods. critics point back to his push in 2005 for direct negotiations with iran and to his past statements like in 2006, when he said i would say that a military strike against iran, a military option, is not a viable feasible responsible option. i believe a political settlement will be the answer. 2005 and 2006 was a long time ago. his views have tempered perhaps, who knows. "outfront" tonight, peter brooks, former assistant secretary of defense and john avlon. let me start with you, peter. obviously the iranian government loves to get involved in these things at times and stir the pot. they seem to love to do that. but how much does this seeming endorsement affect this potential nomination? >> well, i guess you have to ask the senate. i doubt very much that they'll take the ayatollah's advice -- take
be able to say no to barack obama a little bit more. >> genius. say hello to the president. what could possibly go wrong? good plan, mr. colt ton. . >> i don't think what washington needs is more compromise. i think what washington needs is more common sense and more principle. >> yeah, sure. why compromise? washington is working so well without it. let's just keep doing what we're doing. i mean, why on earth would a republican want to compromise you? what good can compromise do for a politician. now, let's be clear. chris christie is a conservative republican. i disagree with them on issue after issue. but on some things, he's showing a willingness to compromise and from the public's reaction, you can tell that's what citizens want. and we also just had a little thing called an election. remember that? you know, when just over a month ago, the country rejected republican ideology. but the gop hasn't learned a thing. they're threatening a government shultdown. voting against disaster relief, pushing radical anti-abortion measures. they might actually be funny if they weren't so contemp
breaking down in his state address. president obama went to nowtown and cried, but we didn't break down. that shows the level of connection from its constituents. and the connection with washington is sometime different. and that is much more of a an impetus for any state-level government. >> jennifer: yeah, well i'll -- all politics is local, at least the most meaningful politics. mike sacks thank you so much for joining us. mike sacks from the "huffington post." coming up, actions by the states is one part of the equation and the federal government is the other. and we'll look at joe biden's day at the office. plus during a fiscal cliff negotiations mitch mcconnell was reasonable and willing to work with democrats, and those are two big no noes. and one of the famous mitt romney lines gets put to the test. it's a wednesday night in san francisco. we're just getting started. stay with us. i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us. you know who is coming on to me now? you know the kind of guys that do revers
and promote a balanced system. just last month, governor markell and i joined president obama to outline what flexible federalism will look like. the effort deserves to be front and center, because how washington deals with those issues will have an immediate, direct affect on our states and our budget. 30 of the 50 states that we have have had job growth, and we have been able to get to pre- recession levels. oklahoma has been one of those states to experienced job growth. we have now come from seventh% unemployment to 5.2%, one of the highest job growth rates in the nation, but i have to tell you, it was not easy. if -- we have to make good policy and shared sacrifice. as president and congress will address sequestration, we know as governors that spending cuts will be necessary and inevitable, as are the tough decisions they have to make, but we also asked the president, congress in leaders to keep four points in mind. first is federal reform should produce savings for the federal government and the states. deficit reduction should not be accomplished by merely shifting those costs down to
a new bill that will allow about 250,000 immigrants to become licensed drivers. only washington and new mexico currently allow licenses for undocumented people while utah allows driving permits. connecticut recently announced young immigrants who qualify for the obama administration's deferred action program to apply for driver's licenses. a federal judge in manhattan has dealt a major setback to the stop and frisk. tuesday, the judge of u.s. district court for the southern district of new york ruled police are not allowed to routinely stop pedestrians outside a private residential buildings in the bronx. the so-called clean hall's program has prompted allegations of police harassment by residents who say there been accosted outside the buildings in which they live. in a statement, the center for constitutional rights said -- and the lgbtq rights activist jane manford has died at the age of 92. she founded the group pflag, parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays. in 1972, manford made headlines after denouncing police for failing to protect her days son when he was attacked a
. so what does charles krauthammer think? he joins us now from washington. and you say? >> i think that's absolutely right. i think what's happening here is in a second term, obama is going to show who he really is. remember what he said to the soviet president after the election i will be more flexible, which means he can be more of who he wants to be. number one item on his agenda is to cut down the defense department and his current secretary of defense. leon panetta said to the kind of cuts in automatic cuts that were supposed to go into effect on january the 1st, that have now been delayed for two months, if they went into effect, it would destroy the military, hollow it out. he gave very strong indications he might resign on principle. because he could not in good conscience carry it out. when hagel was asked about that. about the statements that panetta had made. he said the defense department is bloated and it needs to be pared down. he is prepared to do the dismantling. that obama wants to do, would never have admitted he wanted to do, but will likely be carried out now in the
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